The awkward relationship between the BC SPCA and meat

This love/eat campaign is NOT what I'm talking about

This love/eat campaign is not exactly what I’m talking about

I’ve always had difficulty with the relationship our society has with animals. Most people I know feel real compassion when companion or wild animals are treated badly or hurt. We donate, run, walk, cycle, and do any number of things to help rescue them, and often go to our local SPCA branch to adopt a new friend who needs a home. For some reason we don’t generally feel the same way about food animals. My take is that standards for treatment of any animal should be exactly the same. I only include the image above – from the Toronto Vegetarian Association – in respect to the SPCA’s distinctions of animals worthy of certain levels of protection.

I suspect the difference is that, while we attach emotion to pets due to our forged bonds, most of us view a cut of meat as a product at the supermarket. We’d be horrified if homeless dogs were butchered and packaged in exactly the same way. I understand this dissonance and my point here is not to dissect it or criticise meat consumption with food choices being as personal as politics and religion. My understanding, though, is strained when it comes to supporting large nonprofit organizations whose mission it is to protect all animals. For this reason, I’ve given somewhat tenuous support to the BC SPCA. Despite my misgivings regarding their stance on food animals, I’ve always felt that helping abused, hurt and abandoned animals find homes is laudable work and should be supported. After today, unfortunately my support is over.

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2014 Victoria Granfondo; riding ugly

course elevation pic

My back/quads bitched about 400 meters of gain over 30km of riding

Don’t let the title of this post fool you. On most any count that matters, it was a great day. The ugly was pretty much all me and my legs. I can’t really complain because the weather was great, the course was beautiful, the on-course volunteers killed it, and I had no mechanicals or bike-related issues. I was probably a good 40 minutes slower than I’d hoped, but pretty much anything can happen during 264km on a bike with lots of climbing.

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A fine BCPSEA and BCTF mess

British Columbia public school teachers, represented by the BCTF, are undertaking rotating job action this week (and next, we just learned) to back contract demands. From Monday to Thursday, kids will be out of school one day per week, per district. Limited administrative job action began in April.

The BCPSEA, the bargaining agent for the government, retaliated by first announcing teachers would be docked pay and soon after, issuing a partial lockout notice of their own, followed by a clarification of the lockout. The lockout/pay docking caused a lot of confusion amongst teachers and the public alike.

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Brody the rescue dog

shake a paw imgAfter Darby left us in the fall of 2013, it was really hard thinking of adopting another dog for some time. We felt robbed of time we expected to have with her, and given that we confer people-like status to furry friends in our house, the thought of another dog almost felt like we were replacing her. Whether people or animals, one really isn’t replaceable by another.

However, as we hit 2014, I’m not sure whether it was just that enough time had passed or the sense of renewal that comes with a new year, but both Connie and I began looking at adoptable dogs online. We both felt conflicted; that perhaps we weren’t ready for another animal or some level of guilt. However, we both also knew that we just missed having an animal around. It just feels right to us to have a dog. And, if you’re anything like us, when you begin looking at dog photos, you’re pretty much done for. Resistance is futile.

Finding Brody

We found the fellow pictured in the first paragraph via Petfinder, adoptable via a rescue society out of Mission. I have a few thoughts on them, but I’ll leave those until my closing paragraphs on this post. One of his favourite things is to offer you his paw, while he always has the kind of mopey countenance you see in the picture.

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